A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CORPORATE JUSTICE

Well, was sitting around trying to come up with something new to talk about in 2014; I've been wanting to write a "solve the nation's economy' blog for awhile, another theo blog but using LOTR since people who won't listen to "God talk" just soak up LOTR.

Then I read an article linked from Steve Quayle's web site that just made my blood boil.

Corrections Corporation of America.  Profits up 500% in the last 20 years.  What do they do?  They subcontract with states, counties, or cities to run their prisons.  What should make your blood boil too is the contract calls for 90% occupancy.

Justice, subcontracted, for 90% occupancy.

Just last year, one judge in PA was sentenced to 30 years in prison for cash for kids with a private prison contractor.  The judge was sending kids to prison for several years for very simple little things that use to get us paddled and grounded in the 1970's.  And one kid died in the prison, which can happen when you put a 17 year old in prison with 30 year old killers, rapists, and such.

But then I thought, why stop there.  If we are going to contract out our prison system to a private corporation, why not the judges, prosecutors, and public defenders too?  Think of the money we could save as a county and state if we didn't have to pay all those big lawyer salaries.  And having the lawyers, judges, and prison system all being run by the same corporation will certainly streamline the processes.  Hey, brain working overtime, what about the cops too!  That would really streamline the process.  Have the cops, judges, lawyers, and prisons call get their paychecks and retirement plans from the same corporation.  You could be pulled over this morning and in prison orange before the close of the NY Stock Exchange!

Life, liberty, and 90% occupancy of prisons.  I see a conflict between liberty and 90% occupancy.

Profit is not always the best motivator for every occupation.  Do you really want cops, judges, and prisons being run by ROI, Net Profits, and Occupancy rates?

Look how news agencies today are run by the corporate boards.  Look how MSNBC and NBC news were hand tied in the 1990's by the GE board; GE aiming for huge billion dollar government contracts were not going to let the news department ruin those deals, so NBC was the friendliest Clinton news channel of them all.  What is truth when you have a 20 billion dollar electric transformer deal with Amtrak riding?

And what is truth and justice when you have a prison system run by a corporation with police, judges, and prosecutors as stock holders?  How do you feel, rich american, making capital gains and dividends on a company that exploits minority and poor americans by sentencing them, denying them parole, and cutting their food/diet to cut costs?  And what happens if the occupancy rates drop below 90%?  The state or county pays a fine.

So think about your county, with a for profit county jail, and you get busted for one joint.  You think you are going to get some minor charge, no jail, pay a fine, but they need to get the prison occupancy back up over 90% because it's costing the state thousands of dollars a day, so you get six months.  Corporate justice.

Let that sink in: the more people put in prison and kept in prison, the more money the corporation makes, the less it costs the state, and the more money stockholders make.  And your judge, prosecutor, and public defender might all be stockholders.

According to The Sentencing Project, when CCA was founded in 1983, there were about 400,000 people in prison in America for various crimes. By 2012, that number had risen to more than 1.5 million people. In 1985, states were spending $6.7 billion on housing inmates. By 2010, states were paying $53.3 billion.

In 1980, there were 41,000 drug offenders in state and federal prisons and jails. In 2011, there were 499,000 drug offenders behind bars. In 1986, people were spending about 22 months in prison on drug charges, but by 2004, that number had grown to an average of 62 months behind bars.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/todays-news/2013/dec/4/americas-profit-prisons-and-justice-all/


Does this bother you at all?  Does it bother you we have a justice system that instead of "To Serve and Protect" it now reads "To Maximize Corporate Profits" on the sides of police cars?  Do the cops understand what they are part of?

Think about this: if you are a prisoner in one of these corporate prisons, what makes you any different than a slave on a plantation?  And if you work for or own stock in these companies, what makes you any different than a plantation owner?  And why aren't the typical race baiting Jacksons/Sharptons, screaming from the rooftops over this issue?  Why isn't the media screaming about this?

But then, those are rhetorical questions, aren't they.

 People movin' out
People movin' in
Why, because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run, but you sure can't hide
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
Vote for me, and I'll set you free
Rap on brother, rap on
Well, the only person talking
'Bout love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems,
Nobody is interested in learning
But the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration,
Integration, aggravation,
Humiliation, obligation to our nation
Ball of confusion
That's what the world is today

The sale of pills are at an all time high
Young folks walk around with
Their heads in the sky
Cities aflame in the summer time
And, the beat goes on

Air pollution, revolution, gun control,
Sound of soul
Shooting rockets to the moon
Kids growing up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will
Solve everything
And the band played on
So round and round and round we go
Where the world's headed, nobody knows
Just a ball of confusion
Oh yea, that's what the wold is today

Fear in the air, tension everywhere
Unemployment rising fast,
The Beatles' new record's a gas
And the only safe place to live is
On an indian reservation
And the band played on
Eve of destruction, tax deduction
City inspectors, bill collectors
Mod clothes in demand,
Population out of hand
Suicide, too many bills, hippies moving
To the hills People all over the world, are shouting
End the war
And the band played on. 

The Temptations
(man, I love old motown music!)